• Bolivia
    • Cochabamba
2 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Student Tour
Dormitory Host Family Lodge Tent
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
The land cost for Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes is $7,550 for 4 weeks. Need-based scholarships are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 02, 2023
Jan 27, 2022
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About Program

Immerse yourself in the Andes: perform a ritual ceremony for Pachamama, trek over snow-swept passes, and discuss the impacts of large-scale resource extraction with local communities.

In the heart of South America, the Andes Mountains and dense jungles of the Amazon inform daily life at every turn. Known as a land of extremes, Bolivia is home to some of the most staggering cultural and ecological diversity on the planet. Host to 36 distinct ethnic and language groups, vast mountain ranges, dense Amazonian jungle, and a shifting socio-political landscape, Bolivia provides a vast panorama for students to explore the links between past and present in the heart of South America. Students integrate into several local communities through extended home-stays, focused language study, and a direct engagement with local activists and politicians.

Scholarships and college credit available.

Video and Photos

We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.

Program Highlights

  • Explore land use and relationships, indigenous identity and representation, social and political activism, the coca leaf, sustainable agriculture, and the arts.
  • Enjoy a 10-day homestay outside of Cochabamba, and a shorter homestay in a rural mountain community.
  • Take on two multi-day treks in the high Andes, with additional wilderness exploration in Bolivia's lush rainforests.
  • Participate in extended formal language lessons, with opportunities for language immersion throughout. Quechua classes are also available.
  • Engage with issues in resource management, globalization, indigenous rights and representation, urbanization, environmental conservation, and sustainable development.


Where There Be Dragons Financial Aid & 529 Funds

Where There Be Dragons offers need-based financial aid to students that demonstrate reasonable financial need and are excited to engage with communities around the world.

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Program Reviews

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  • Growth 4
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4
  • Housing 3.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

My experience in Bolivia was amazing and completely changed my life. I met some of the most incredible people and learned so much about the bolivian culture from the homestays and getting the opportunity to be fully immersed in their traditions. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who seeks an adventure but also a learning experience. I would especially recommend this trip to anyone who wants to be pushed outside their comfort zone and explore different aspects of the world that might aid them in their personal growth.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment for me was the trek and the physical intensity of it all. There were definitely moments where I was exhausted and scared but the people around me were so supportive and the view was captivating that I knew I had and could push through. I completed the trek feeling so proud but also loved, the whole group completed this challenge together despite the fear and nerves around it.
25 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great homestay, fun adventures

Both homestays during the trip were incredible experiences! The families were so welcoming and you learn a lot about their lifestyles just by sharing a meal with them. The hiking was stunning - anyone looking for an adventure will love the Bolivia trip! I would recommend doing the Bolivia trip with Where There Be Dragons for anyone looking for an off-the-map trip that stays away from the typical tourist route.

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